Posted by Erin on December 4, 2013
Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport
…then tell your tale to the world.
Mystic Seaport seeks volunteers to participate in an exciting, unprecedented public-history project onboard the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Beginning December 1, 2013, the Museum will accept project proposals by talented, self-motivated adults from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to document and share their experiences during the ship’s commemorative 38th Voyage.
In summer 2014 the Charles W. Morgan will sail for the first time in more than 80 years. During its first 37 voyages (1841-1921), this vessel ventured into all the world’s oceans in pursuit of whale oil and baleen, carrying multi-ethnic crews and coming into contact with many different cultures. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Morgan will sail to seven New England ports, engaging communities with their maritime heritage, raising awareness of the changing perceptions about whales, and furthering ongoing research into whales, whaling, and whaling peoples.
Click here to continue reading about this incredible opportunity
Application Process Deadline: Dec. 31, 2013
Photo credit: Mystic Seaport
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Posted by Erin on October 21, 2013
Balboa Park, San Diego
A few weeks ago, fresh off our summer in the Great Lakes, Patti, Bert and I flew out to Southern California to start planning TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Pacific Coast 2014. Our first stop was the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Home of the 150 year-old Star of India, HMS Surprise (formerly Rose and of Master and Commander fame), and Californian, along with two submarines, a steam ferry, steam yacht, pilot boat, and a replica of the first yacht to win the America’s Cup, the museum has an impressive fleet along the waterfront. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Erin on June 12, 2013
As we dry out after two days flood warning here at Tall Ships America HQ in Newport, RI, I can’t help but yearn for the dry SoCal weather of last week. While planning for this summer’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes Race Series continues unabated, Patti and I were off to San Pedro last Monday to start our planning for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Pacific Coast 2014. Organizing a maritime festival is not a one man show and we met with several groups who will help us pull off a great event – our host port partners at the Port of Los Angeles, enthusiastic community representatives, and local security agencies.
The Port of Los Angeles is a fascinating place. The offices that we were in for meetings overlooked the waterfront and with all the cranes moving, the shipping containers swinging through the air, and the enormous carrier ships constantly moving up and down the channel, it was like something out of a Richard Scarry book (also, I couldn’t help but be reminded of The Wire).
In addition to meeting our future TSC San Pedro team, Patti and I had the opportunity to spend some time with old friends at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. The last time I had visited San Pedro, the staff at LAMI were about to move into their new digs along the waterfront, an upgrade from a somewhat cramped space to one with tons of room to set up shop. They have great views of the port and the twin brigantines, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, are tied up nearby.
After these positive meetings, we could not be more excited to bring the tall ships back to Southern California.
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